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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.52 Political Science 4.52.2 BA Honours Political Science
4.52.2 BA Honours Political Science


Students must adhere to the applicable Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.4 Graduation.


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 54 units (9.0 full-course equivalents) and a maximum of 72 units (12.0 full-course equivalents) in the Field of Political Science while fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Introduction: 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) in Political Science at the 200 level.

  2. Canadian Politics: 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) Political Science 321.

  3. Breadth in Political Science: 39 units (6.5 full-course equivalents) from the Field of Political Science, including:

    a. 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) Political Science 310.
    b. 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) Political Science 359 and an additional 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) in "Comparative Politics" at the 300 level or above (see note below).
    c. 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) Political Science 381 and an additional 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) in "International Relations" at the 300 level or above (see note below).
    d. 3 units (0.5 full-course equivalent) Political Science 399.

  4. Advanced-Level Political Science: Inclusive of the courses used to fulfill requirement 3, at least 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) must be at the 400 level or above, including at least 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) at the 500 level.

  5. Honours Seminar and Thesis: 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) Political Science 590 and 591. A grade of "B+" or higher in both Political Science 590 and 591 is required for graduation with the BA Honours degree.


  • The categories of courses that fulfill the requirements for Comparative Politics and International Relations are located before the Political Science courses in the “Courses of Instruction” section of this calendar:
  • Honours thesis will be read by two faculty members who will provide an assessment. The final grade will then be assigned by the thesis supervisor.


Language: 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) in a Language other than English or the equivalent.


The Honours BA in Political Science can be taken with Co-operative Education. See section 3.4.4 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.